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#1 Palm crazy

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 10:13 AM

or have seen in someones else's garden?

For me is would be JBxQ, which isn't really that rare anymore, but I like to get something really cool this year that's really special.
Maybe a (hardy) blue poppy that will comeback every year....More beautiful than rare in this case.
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The weirdest plant I have is are young Lancewood. Pseudopanax crassifolius
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:36 AM

the weirdest---------- AMORPHOPHALLUS PAEONIIFOLIUS

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:39 AM

Ahh, Meconopsis. Proof-positive that gorgeous plants don't grow exclusively in subtropical and tropical regions...:winkie:

or have seen in someones else's garden?

For me is would be JBxQ, which isn't really that rare anymore, but I like to get something really cool this year that's really special.
Maybe a (hardy) blue poppy that will comeback every year....More beautiful than rare in this case.
Not my photo.
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The weirdest plant I have is are young Lancewood. Pseudopanax crassifolius
Not my photo.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:41 AM

My weirdest is this Lasia spinosa.

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#5 Palm crazy

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:09 PM

Cool plants...Here's the weirdest flower I grow, which is also the easiest.
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This one is more beautiful and unusual. I killed it last spring when the shovel split the bulb in half.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:34 PM

Here's an unusual foliage plant I got a while ago. I love the winter color.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:54 PM

A great assortment! Posted Image The Pseudopanax is downright spooky looking. I'd say half of my Tillandsia collection might rate as rare and unusual...but not creepy looking like thatPosted Image
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:52 PM

A great assortment! Posted Image The Pseudopanax is downright spooky looking. I'd say half of my Tillandsia collection might rate as rare and unusual...but not creepy looking like thatPosted Image



Yeah they are kinda creepy in that photo! :rage:
Up-close they're really beautiful and leaves are 2' + long on younger plants.
They wouldn't grow in S.Cal, to dry.... :lol: Heck, they only grow spring and fall here.

Here one from me, show the color better. Some leaves have an orange margin down the middle. And others have what look like paint dabs of green on the leave tips.
These two types are growing right next to each other. I have to get more.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:50 PM

Weirdest - maybe my Freycinetia.
Rarest - multiple Encephalartos species, Clivia mirabilis, Opuntia corallicola, and a bunch of other things.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:08 PM

Maybe Amorphophallus konjac (that's a yardstick for scale):

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:38 PM

Strangely beautiful seed pod cluster on a plant thought to be extinct in the wild and is still rare in cultivation.Posted Image
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:57 PM

Randall - what is it ?
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:06 PM

Randall - what is it ?


It's my Deppea splendens.
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 02:21 AM


Randall - what is it ?


It's my Deppea splendens.


Great and weird . What's the rest look like? Will it grow in S Fla?
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:07 AM

The aroids seem to have the most unusual flowering. Some that I've flowered at home.
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And some of the gingers aren't too far behind.
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 05:58 AM

I think the weirdest/oddest plant of all time is Welwitschia mirabilis. It grows in the Namib Desert of SW Africa and can live for hundreds of years. Some are claimed to be over 1000 years old. They only grow 2 leaves their entire life and the often split at the base giving it the appearance of more than 2. They are a gymnosperm and their closest relatives would be pines. They are a primitive "living fossil".

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:12 AM

Helwingia chinensis, from southern China. They are epiphyllous meaning the inflorescences grow from the leaves


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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:00 AM

Great plants! My weirdest flower would be the passion fruit flower.
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:52 AM

Does the fungus that grows in my fat wrinkles count?
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 10:57 AM

Does the fungus that grows in my fat wrinkles count?

Yes, yes it does. Posted Image Happy growing!



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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:05 PM

Very interesting thread!
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:55 PM

I think the weirdest/oddest plant of all time is Welwitschia mirabilis. It grows in the Namib Desert of SW Africa and can live for hundreds of years. Some are claimed to be over 1000 years old. They only grow 2 leaves their entire life and the often split at the base giving it the appearance of more than 2. They are a gymnosperm and their closest relatives would be pines. They are a primitive "living fossil".


Ah! So the goverment's been lying to us about Roswell!
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 02:24 PM

Helwingia chinensis, from southern China. They are epiphyllous meaning the inflorescences grow from the leaves

What is it called when a leaf sprouts a miniature leaf? :)

Plumeria "Mini Me":
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:03 PM


I think the weirdest/oddest plant of all time is Welwitschia mirabilis. It grows in the Namib Desert of SW Africa and can live for hundreds of years. Some are claimed to be over 1000 years old. They only grow 2 leaves their entire life and the often split at the base giving it the appearance of more than 2. They are a gymnosperm and their closest relatives would be pines. They are a primitive "living fossil".


Ah! So the goverment's been lying to us about Roswell!



Yes they have !!!!!!!
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:46 PM

Aristolochia fimbriata.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:53 PM



Randall - what is it ?


It's my Deppea splendens.


Great and weird . What's the rest look like? Will it grow in S Fla?


Here it is in full bloom last August . I'm not sure how they would do in S. Florida as they're originally from a cool mountain cloud forest in southern Mexico. For me here in San Diego
they seem to tolerate the summer sun and heat planted against the north side of my house. I don't know if anyone has tried growing them there, it might be worth a try in a sheltered
shady location or even as a house plant..
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:16 AM

I think the weirdest/oddest plant of all time is Welwitschia mirabilis. It grows in the Namib Desert of SW Africa and can live for hundreds of years. Some are claimed to be over 1000 years old. They only grow 2 leaves their entire life and the often split at the base giving it the appearance of more than 2. They are a gymnosperm and their closest relatives would be pines. They are a primitive "living fossil".

Very odd plant, indeed. Easy to germinate... but difficult to grow.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:04 AM

I have not gotten a single seed to germinate - and I've tried four times. Has anyone else tried ?

There are a few at the Copenhagen Botanical Garden - awesome plants.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 12:00 PM

I have not gotten a single seed to germinate - and I've tried four times. Has anyone else tried ?

There are a few at the Copenhagen Botanical Garden - awesome plants.


Here's one in Washington.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:22 PM

Cyrtosperma johnstonii is another lasioid aroid that I grow in fish tanks and it is a crazy-looking plant.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:56 PM

I have so many rare, weird things, here are a few.

i like unusual colors of flowers, here is a yellow Butea monosperma, I have 3 (at least) trees that bloomed like crazy this year.
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Also the white variety of Erythrina crista-galli As a side, I self pollinated the yellow Butea and have 3 pods & crossed the white with the red Erythrina, Not sure much will become of either, but I tried.white sm.jpg

I also have Wercklea ferox. Huge 12" plus green, rough, spiny laeves with red veins and petioles.w ferox small.jpg

Lastly, this is a supposedly recently discover vine, it was very hard to get, and I've only seen it ] reffered to was the Golden Leaved Liana. The new leaves are amazing, it is finially getting big and is very pretty.golden liana.jpg .

Others aren't blooming right now so not much to look at right now.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:58 PM




Randall - what is it ?


It's my Deppea splendens.


Great and weird . What's the rest look like? Will it grow in S Fla?


Here it is in full bloom last August . I'm not sure how they would do in S. Florida as they're originally from a cool mountain cloud forest in southern Mexico. For me here in San Diego
they seem to tolerate the summer sun and heat planted against the north side of my house. I don't know if anyone has tried growing them there, it might be worth a try in a sheltered
shady location or even as a house plant..
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I have been growing this in Florida for about 6 months, so far so good


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